On March 29, DePaul Press line announced that the university has revised its mission statement.
“After 35 years, DePaul has completely revised his mission statement, ”Reverend Guillermo Campuzano wrote in the article. “Through a 10-month participatory process, historically anchored, but forward-thinking, the university gathered feedback from over 600 community members. The updated statement is relevant and reflects the DePaul we know and the DePaul we dream of.
Invitations to review the statement have already been sent out by Newsline and on social media in the fall term. Various colleges, departments, student groups, administrative offices, and councils have also invited the DePaul community to participate in the process.
Among the different groups of students involved in the review processes was the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA was invited to participate in a “Mission Dialogue Series” that allowed members to go through the old statement, make suggestions, contribute ideas and provide feedback.
“They [DePaul as an institution] revised in the past and in the past, they did not include SGA, ”said Wesley Janicki, executive vice president of operations at SGA. “It was the first time that they really included the contribution of LMS and students and tried to get more people interested in working and contributing to the mission.”
Janicki shared with The DePaulia that there were some aspects of the review process that he disagreed with.
“They [the university] sent a survey to the board and what they wanted the mission to look like and I don’t necessarily think the board represents the DePaul community, ”Janicki said. “We wanted to give more information – in this dialogue session about the mission that we did, we pleaded for us to give more information because we were like, ‘hey, why the board is doing it all? We are the students, why don’t we have more impact on this? ‘ ”
On March 4, DePaul’s board of directors reviewed and unanimously approved the new statement and supporting document, according to the article.
Campuzano told The DePaulia that the new statement comes after the board updated the statutes to include a review of the university’s mission statement every five years and nothing was wrong with the old statement.
“The previous statement was mostly written in the mid-1980s, with minor changes since then. Given the changing times of today and DePaul’s evolution to meet today’s needs of the day, the university sent a clear message that the statement needs a review and not just minor changes, ”Campuzano said.
Janicki said the old statement contained a lot of old Latin phrases which he said would not capture the interest of students and should be discarded in the revised version.
“The goal we were told is that we wanted to do a mission that was more outward-looking that the students, faculty, and everyone at DePaul would engage more, and I think removing those things that were weird Latin phrases was a good way to update that, ”Janicki said.
Attached to the new statement, DePaul also provided a summary of the values that emerged from the review process in a supporting document titled “”Distinctive characteristics, core values and commitments. ”
“Compared to the old [statement]this one is relatively short which is useful [for] marketing and so on, ”Janicki said. “But I feel like it’s losing a lot of the components that were in the old one that were super vital – brevity doesn’t necessarily make it better. If it’s that vague, it’s hard to hold them accountable as well. Obviously missions are ambitious in general, but I feel like it’s a bit too vague in some parts.
Campuzano told The DePaulia that the hope of this new mission statement is that it will be a new source of inspiration for the DePaul community.
“The expectation of the administration and our division is that the mission statement be a continuing source of inspiration that can shed light on all of the documents and guiding principles found in DePaul – in colleges, in various fields, and even in classes, ”Campuzano said.
“I think DePaul is trying to inspire students to really care more, I think so, at least in some ways,” Janicki said. For Janicki, the mention of sustainability and environmental issues in the new statement gave her the impression that the university is addressing the issues that preoccupy students.
Campuzano also wrote that great care was taken with the revision when considering the inclusion of certain Vincentian words and legacies. “Participants emphasized that DePaul is committed to meeting the great societal challenges of our time, both as an educational institution connected to local and global communities as well as through our graduates, who we hope will be agents of change for better and successful professionals, ”the article said. read.